Market players can expect the pace to pick up on esoteric assets like intellectual property and insurance, by the indications at Standard & Poor's Third Annual New Assets Hot Topics Halloween Conference in New York last week. Analysts presented overviews of several asset classes, some with detailed case studies. They often hinted at more deals in the works - from music catalogs to the Triple X reserves on term life insurance.

About 200 people turned out for the increasingly popular event, which offers insight into what's happening on the private side of the market, an opportunity to network with others working on esoteric deals, and an incomparable sugar high from cauldrons of Halloween candy and iced cookies decorated like pumpkins and ghosts.

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